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Wednesday, February 4, 2004

While George was sleeping
In the wake of the Janet Jackson Bowl, er, Super Bowl, reactions have ranged from cynicism to amusement to moral outrage. A whole lot of moral outrage. And a whole lot of "clever" wordplay and smirking euphemisms for breasts. Here's a more reasoned analysis of the halftime incident.
11:40 am cst

Gee whiz
While sitting in your chair, lift your right foot slightly off the ground and move it in clockwise circles. Now draw the numeral "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will involuntarily reverse direction.
9:44 am cst

Monday, February 2, 2004

Linux for weenies (...like me!)
Ever wanted to see what all the buzz is about Linux, but were afraid to disturb your comfortable Windows setup? Well, with the impending end of 98SE support, the cost of XP approaching usury, and the looming spectre of Microsoft's asphyxiating XP "activation" policy, I'm getting motivated to check out the open side. Not quite motivated enough to disturb my existing system, though...yet. So here's the cowardly solution for the curious: Knoppix!
Knoppix is a Debian-based distro (don't I sound knowledgable, though?) on a "live" (i.e., bootable) cd. You can download the .iso disc image at any of several mirrors via their website (I found the UK download site to be substantially faster than any of the others, FWIW). Download this um... penguin and burn it to a cd. You may need to set your computer's BIOS to permit it to boot from a cd.
Pop the cd into your drive, reboot, and moments later you're in Linuxland! And because everything is running from the cd, no changes are made to your existing setup.
The beauty of this disc is that it automatically recognizes most recent hardware, and so runs flawlessly without your having to bend over backwards with configuration details. The disc is chock full of applications for you to sample, ranging from web browsers to games to music apps to a full-blown office-like productivity suite, just to mention the highlights. And if after all that, you should decide that Windows sucks even more than you'd previously believed, you can even install it to your hard drive using the included scripts.
Did I mention it's free?
11:11 pm cst

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The dated links above are to previous week's posts. Take a look if you haven't been following along. And just for the record, all words and pictures, except as noted, are mine and mine alone. I take full responsibility for them (unless, of course, legal action is threatened).
Willie, here, is both the mascot and the arbiter of good taste for this site... So, as you might expect, people will be offended. My apologies.

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